Stories by Craig Stedman and Christine McGeever

Redmond Loses a Round in Permatemp Suit

Employers of high-tech contract workers are being urged to re-examine their benefits policies after Microsoft Corp. lost another legal round over its treatment of so-called perma-temps.

Microsoft temps are entitled to company stock

The US Supreme Court yesterday rejected Microsoft's appeal of a lower-court ruling that as many as 10,000 temporary workers should have been allowed to take part in the company's stock-option plan for permanent employees.